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american weapons? >>> and speaking of foreign diplomacy, dennis rodman becomes the new bff to kim jong-un during a trip to north korea. yes, these are the real pictures. we'll explain later in the show. >>> first, our top story this morning comes from our nation's capital. at times it felt like a slow-moving train wreck, but time is finally up for the white house and members of congress. today, $85 billion across the board spending cuts hit federal agencies and the pentagon. two competing plans to avert the sequester failed yesterday, as expected. president obama will meet with leaders from both parties today, even though many lawmakers have already left town for the weekend. what's left is a deeply divided capital where yesterday senator lindsey graham took his own party to task for signing off on sequestration in the first place. >> i guess the republican party feels like the pell grants and food stamps and the faa and home mortgage interest deduction and all this other stuff in the federal government should be shielded, but those who have been fighting the war that protects us all from
with this guy, we have no idea what kim jong un is like at all. i realize that dennis rodman is quite a wild guy and quite an interesting fellow, i might add, but we now have at least we have a communication from rodman to this guy, which is more than we've ever had. >> yeah, the question is, what communication went into rodman and what reported that communication is coming out. you can get a distorted view. >> greta: it is distorted. i think it is distorted. >> and i think he's presented a distorted view. if they want to communicate with us, there are ways to do it. it's a question here not of one individual kim jong un, it's a question of a regime that's followed a pattern, including since he took office of repressing its people and threatening its neighbors and nothing since kim jong un took power after the death of his father has changed. if anything, it's gotten worse. they've restricted the border to prevent north korean refugees from coming out and tested the nuclear device for the third time and there's every indication, increased cooperation with iran and i think the threat is growing l
. is he in cairo for a nine-nation visit. >>> and video was released of north korean leader kim jong-un and consider rodham watching a basketball team. rodman and kim jong-un watched the game on thur and rodman later called the dictator a an "awesome guy." the u.s. state department has distanced himself from rodman saying he does not represent the united states. >>> a new report is casting baseball star alex rodriguez in an unfavorable light when it comes to charitable giving. according to the boston globe a charity started by him gave only 1% of the proceeds to the charity. irs records show in 2006 the foundation raisedded more than $403,000 at a celebrity pocker tournament, but only $5,000 was given to charity. . >>> tomorrow crews will begin to demolish that florida house where a map was swallowed by a sinkhole. today officials ended their efforts to try to recover jeff bush's body. a large sinkhole opened up under his bedroom thursday night. rescuers have used devices to try to detect sign of life, but have been unsuccessful. now engineers say it's possible that the entire home cou
appears to be growing more impatient with hits neighbor. kim jong un has been mostly confrontational with the u.s. except for his meeting with dennis rodman last week. >> we have urged the north korean leadership to head president obama's call to choose the path of peace and come into compliance witnesses international obligations. north korea's actions directly violate united nations security council resolutions and threaten international please and security. >> reporter: a third nuclear test took place just last month, jon. jon: congress is taking teps to try to further the crackdown on north korea? >> reporter: they are supporting tougher chances. they are mold holding a meeting on north korean criminal activities that keep the regime in power. here is chairmaned royce from california. >> we must go after kim jong un's illegal activities like we went after organized crime in the united states. identify the network, interdict shipment and disrupt the flow of money. >> reporter: it includes the smuggling and counterfeiting of u.s. 100-dollar bills, jon. jon: thank you. general jack
third nuclear test, and there are many things that kim jong-un who's a new leader in north korea. everyone else is newer than he is, nonetheless, he could have issued through rodman or even by letter a very -- a more sophisticated note on how he would like to stand down on the nuclear front, stand down on some of the posturing on south korea. there are many things he could have done to make this serious. he's a pop culture guy, he's a young man. we have to ask ourselves, is he trying to do what he knows. as inadequate and silly as it sounds, maybe there's something deeper there. i don't think there is, but barack obama needs to respond to serious initiatives and not just the pop culture ones. and the leader of north korea needs to learn that. >> here's what i don't get about these diplomatic niceties. why isn't this the best time to call, after north korea has done something that we really really don't want and we really want them to stop doing it. the soviet missiles were in cuba, and so president kennedy was communicating as directly with nikita khrushchev as he could. he didn'
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rodman. the white house weighing in on kim jong-un's new pal. i'm wolf blitzer. europe in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com it's the first full day, work day i should say, since the forced budget cuts went into effect. most americans probably haven't felt a thing. at least not yet. president obama's credibility though is being tested. after the various warnings he's given about the impact of those cuts. some very dire. some more cautious. our national political correspondent jim acosta's over at the white house with the latest. jim. >> reporter: wolf, president obama is insisting that americans will start feeling the pain from these forced budget cuts now going into effect. while the white house is rejecting the notion that it's engaging in any kind of hype, one cabinet secretary today had to admit that he got some of his facts wrong on some of the impacts. from the table in the cabinet room, president obama warned the consequences of those automatic budget cuts are coming to kitchen tables across the country. >> it is an area deep concern. i think everybody kno
, kim jong un, his father and one the of the things i was shocked, he loved dennis rodman since he was a kid. and i wonder how much they paid him and i bet he would have gave him a fortune, and dennis rodman is is in financial trouble and not saying-- he hasn't always been the most stable guy out there and acknowledged that he does know about the atrocities, but thinks after meeting this guy face-to-face he's a good quote, awesome guy. that would have been a question that i would ask dennis rodman if i had the opportunity, how much did they pay you? if he says that's private or it's none of your business, all right, but the at least i know that they paid him something. i'd like to know that. >> and his reaction, and also, i think he says he would have asked him what did you eat when people are dying in the country. stuart: eating grass and-- >> millions have died of starvation. stuart: look, you can laugh at that, but it's also a horrible tragic story. that man was used and used badly by a very bad person. >> and he wants obama to call kim jong un, get out of here, get the hell out
korea's leader kim jong-un. will that be a good thing? i'll speak live this hour with david stern. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." it's a deal few thought would ever become a reality but in just a few hour it is will. back in 2011, congress and the white house hung a sword over their heads to force them to get the nation's fiscal house in order. they set up budget cuts so severe they would force action to prevent those cuts but both sides underestimated washington's dysfunction and tonight, $85 billion will be slashed from the budgets across the board. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin begins our coverage this hour. it's an ugly site. what's the latest, jessica? >> reporter: wolf, president obama is here and at work but he has not yet signed the order that will trigger these spending cuts. when he does, it will be low key and behind closed doors. he says it will create a ripple effect that will be felt across the economy. congressional leaders summoned to the white house for a last-minute meeting, left less than an hour later with no deal. soon afte
country on earth, north korea, and its bizarre leader kim jong-un? >>> finally, calling luke skywalker and captain kirk, was president obama referring to "star wars" or "star trek" when he criticized republicans last week about the sequester? the answer may be in the "sideshow." >>> let's begin with republican unity on spending cuts. howard fine marn is the editorial director for "the huffington post," and jared bernstein is a former economic adviser to vice president biden. both are msnbc political analysts. gentlemen, "the new york times" caught on to a trend within the republican party today with their front page headline "gop clings to one thing it agrees on, spending cuts." richard stevenson then wrote conservative governors are signing onto provisions of what they once derisively dismissed as obama care. prominent senate republicans are taking positions on immigration that would have gotten the party's presidential candidates hooted off the debate stage during last year's primaries. same-sex marriage has gone from being a reliable motivator for the conservative base to gaining br
korea's dictator, kim jong-un, would be secretary of state john kerry or even president obama. but, no, former basketball star dennis rodman beat them to the punch. rodman, known as the worm, wiggled his way back into the spotlight after pictures surfaced of him hanging with the tyrant while visiting pyongyang to film a basketball documentary. rodman calls kim, quote, an awesome guy and a friend. even more bizarre was that the hall of famer revealed to abc's george stephanopoulos that kim gave him a message for president obama. listen. >> i sat with him for two days, and at one point he asked me to give obama something to say and do one thing. he wants obama to do one thing. call him. >> he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. he told me that. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want to do war. he loves basketball. obama loves basketball. let's start there. let's start there. >> do you expect the obama administration to use rodman's basketball diplomacy anytime soon but et's talk about it. chris cillizza is an msnbc political analyst. stephen smith is an espn commentato
north korean leader kim jong un has decided the time has come to settle accounts with the u.s. >> ( translated ): he has signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the korean people's army, ordering them to be on standby for fire so that they are able to strike at any time the u.s. mainland and its military bases in the pacific, including hawaii and guam, and those in south korea. >> suarez: state media also released photographs of kim and his senior generals during an emergency meeting late last night. they're seen looking at a map, purportedly showing u.s. cities that might be targeted by north korean missiles. the white house responded through a spokesman traveling with president obama today. he said bellicose rhetoric only deepens north korea's isolation. on thursday, a more forceful demonstration: a pair of b-2 stealth bombers flew 6,500 miles to south korea and back, as part of ongoing joint military exercises een the two nations. the chairman of the joint chiefs, general martin dempsey, addressed the flight during a briefing with defense secreta
iteration. >>> so let's talk a little bit about north korea's leader kim jong-un. usually, he regularly threatens the united states. dennis rodman says he loves the guy. kind of a strange trip that he took to north korea. >> you think? >> and we'll tell you what dennis rodman says the leader wants president obama to do next. that's ahead. >> announcer: did you know there are secret black market websites around the world that sell stolen identities? >> 30-year-old american man, excellent credit rating. >> announcer: lifelock monitors thousands of these sites 24 hours a day. and if we discover any of our members' data for sale, lifelock is there with the most comprehensive identity theft protection available. [♪...] [squealing, crash] call 1-800-lifelock or go to lifelock.com today. everyone's retirement dream is different; how we get there is not. we're americans. we work. we plan. ameriprise advisors can help you like they've helped millions of others. to help you retire your way, with confidence. ♪ that's what ameriprise financial does. that's what they can do with you. let's get t
there he went to a basketball game with leader kim jong-il-- excuse me kim jong un. following his trip rodman told abc news there needs to be a dialog, tensions after north korea's provocative nuclear test, but rodman says he knows how to mend the relationship. >> he wants obama to do one thing, call him. he loves basketball. and obama loves basketball. let's start there. let's start there. >> harris: u.s. state department criticized north korea for wining and dining rodman while its own people are going hungry. well, after a shaky start to the mission, the spacex dragon capsule successfully docked with the international space station. the privately owned dragon delivered its one ton load earlier today bringing equipment, clothing and even fresh fruit, apples, from one of the spacex employee's orchard for the six astronauts on board. and the dragon will remain most of march before returning to earth with scientific samples, food containers. and they plan to investigate what caused the dragon's thrusters to fail shortly after launch. they worked for hours to work that problem and salvag
basically bffs with the dictator, kim jong-un, and said that kim just wanted president obama to pick up the phone and prevent moore. jay carney says north korea shouldn't be expecting that call any time soon. >> the united states has direct channels of communications with the dprk, and instead of spending money on celebrity sporting events to entertain the elites of that country, the north korean regime should focus on the well-being of its own people who have been starved, imprisoned and denied their human rights. >> congressman ed royce is the chairman of the house foreign affairs committee. he's a republican from california. it's nice to have you with us, sir. let's not start with dennis rodman. let's hold off on that craziness for just a moment, if we can. i want to ask you about the u.n. sanctions and the draft resolution that's going to be examined at this closed door security council meeting. what exactly are the details do you think of that, that should be in that? >> well, because the sanctions have the input of china, they are not quite as strong as we'd like to see. one of th
rodman talking about his visit to north korea. why he says the leader, kim jong un wants president obama to do one thing, only one thing he said. martha: the husband of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords expected to testify in support of a key gun control measure in colorado. a lee alicialicia acuna live from denver. what are they looking at today. >> they are actually debating seven different gun control measures today. four of them have already been approved by the colorado state house. former shuttle commander mark kelly will be in denver to testify in support of one those measures which calls for mandatory background checks on all private gun sales and transfers. kelly testified before congress earlier this year you'll remember and the woman who tackled the tucson gunman who shot kelly's wife, congresswoman gabrielle giffords will also testify in support of another bill that will ban high capacity magazines of more than 15 rounds. >> i'm a republican and i want to see these bills passed, because they are the right thing to do. >> we are allowing politics to take away the safety
for years. they brought kim jong un on numerous trips to china and they show him factories and they tell him this is how you need to reform your economy. the north koreans have not listened. they constantly issue provocations. it's not good for business. and the business of china right now is business. host: taking your calls on foreign-policy issues. up first, grand junction, colorado, on the democratic line is cat. caller: thanks for taking my call. i am a fan of obama. nobody does anything exactly right. when you are fighting your own country as well as having to fight foreign wars, it gets to be pretty hard. i think he has handled it in a very courageous and very gentlemanly way. i have never seen a speech being given when he was on his way getting in office where they showed a picture of a man with a sign strapped around his waist [indiscernible] i don't think we would of seen that before any other president. host: how about north korea being a tree pena nation to deal with, on an international level? caller: i think obama is doing the best he can, considering he is being forced into ma
leader kim jong-un this week and they had dinner and partied it up a little bit and he was with the harlem globetrotters before leaving the country. the former nba star had this to say about kim jong-un. >> he's proud. his country likes him. not likes him, loves him. >> yes. i love him. that guy is awesome. >> i've got quite a bit to say about this particular diplomatic trip. i will share my thoughts on that in our next hour. still to come, though, when a threat might not be a threat and what it means for the white house press corps and what it says about us. plus, the college of cardinals will gather monday, who are the favorites to succeed pope benedict xvi. >>. you're watching msnbc the place for politics and the place for papal politics, as well. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can
relationships. >>> one day after hatching the plan for peace with kim jong un, dennis rodman was booted from a hotel for disturbing the peace. he was reportedly booted out of a hotel from new york city after spending hours upon hours at the bar telling anybody who would listen what a great guy the north korean dictator is. sound familiar, steve? >>steve: you can't pin that on me. nearly $43 billion is being gutted from our military while $250 million is now being shipped over to egypt. skater john kerry says -- secretary of state john kerry says that money is to help foster democracy, but is now the time for this? let's talk to retired four-star general jack keane. i saw on the television yesterday sequester jester, it showed john kerry handing $250 million over to egypt right now in foreign military aid. where is that money going to go? >> i don't know what he's going to do with the money but egypt represents one of the most significant geopolitical challenges we're facing. the reality is this was a secular state run by a dictator. it is now a state becoming more and more dictatorial. >>ste
there in philadelphia. get back now to our top story. north korea is ramping up rhetoric. kim jong-un is ordering rockets to be put on standby quote, to settle accounts with the united states of america. christian white, state department senior visor and sir good morning to you from los angeles. i want to touch on first of all, the u.s. troop involvement in south korea. we have some 30,000 troops there. when stories like these happen, what changes for them or what sort of posture would change for them when this traps? >> well, bill, i haven't heard specifically that they have been put on alert or have elevated status if you will. when you have a crisis, our troops move, liberties are canceled. closer to their weapons. aircraft are loaded and ready for flight. incidentally though, this happens, this recent kefuffle with north korea goes on during the full eagle exercise where the u.s. and south korea mills terries have large joint exercises. our forces would be at an elevated status as a result of that. the recent b-2 announcement from north korea and counter pronouncements from washington and u.s
a recent tour of north korea with a message for president obama from north korean leader kim jong-un. the message, "call me." here's what jay carney and lauraling hlaura ling had to say about this. >> instead of spending money on celebrity sporting events to entertain the elites of that country, the north korean regime should focus on the well-being of its own people who have been starved, imprisoned and denied their human rights. >> the fact that he was a guest of kim jong-un who was clearly wining and dining him and showing him the best that pyongyang had to offer, you know, i wasn't exactly shocked by it, let's say. it's dennis rodman, after all. >> rodman may be taking a beating from the white house, but he did get a lot closer to kim jong-un than most u.s. diplomats ever have. when the two sat court side at a basketball game in north korea. >>> they can open up without warning. we're talking about these awful sinkholes. last week a man fell in claiming his life. coming up, our cameras go underground to take you inside a real sinkhole. >>> plus, the strange standoff at sea over a
jong un a great friend, his best friend, a nice guy? doesn't that undercut pressure from the west? >> you know what, dennis rodman was a great basketball player, and as a diplomat, he was a great basketball player. that's where we'll leave it. >> as a diplomat, you have been a senator for decades. you have been your own boss. what's it like to coordinate and as some have suggested in the past regarding secretary clinton, take instructions on foreign policy from people in the white house who, frankly, don't have as much experience as you. this was a problem with your predecessor. >> i think -- there's lots of experience in the white house. please don't diminish that, number one. number two, i'm delight to work for this president, with the president and his advisors. it's a great team. the president has a terrific vision. that's what i came over here to try to reinforce is to really cement a community of action around common values, common economic interests, common security interests, and in europe, we did that, and in rome we made it clear how we would join together with respect t
player back from north korea, where he met with basketball fan and iron fisted leader kim jong-un. rodman says he loves the guy, even in the face, of course, of all those pesky prison camps and starving masses, for heaven's sakes. the worm, apparently, is even dishing out an invite to president obama. >> he want obama to do one thing, call him. he wants a call from president obama? >> that's right. he told me that. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want to do war. i don't want to do war. he said that to me. >> did you say, why don't you pick up the phone and call president obama? >> no, you know, it's a different story. it's a different story because, guess what, the kid is only 28 years old. 28. >> no one's ever going to confuse rodman with being secretary of state. we'll just put that out there. but what about his gushing praise for this guy? is rodman a pawn? is he a peace maker? is he just another punch line? is l.z.? >> was that a "saturday night live" skit? >> no. >> because i just simply can't believe we're still talking about dennis rodman in this capacity. look, you can't expe
up to kim jong-un and the blood shed in syria spilled into neighborhood are boing iraq all the while the secretary of state john kerry has been traveling the state on this, his first official overseas trip. our jill dougherty had a chance to be with him on the trip and sat down with him in doha qatar. >> reporter: wolf, it's part of an overall plan. at the last stop on his 11-day nine-mission trip, john kerry said, don't look for the united states to send weapons to syrian opposition fighters any time soon. the concern by the administration has been if you send arms to the syrian opposition, they would be diverted into the hands of the extremists. now, monday you said there's a very clear ability now -- >> a syrian opposition to make certain that what goes to the moderate, legitimate opposition is in fact getting to them. >> reporter: so if that's the case, then what is the problem? >> president always has options and has the right to adjust the policy as he goes forward. at the moment, this is the calibration that the president believes is correct to try to give the opportunity for
the north koreans to behave for years. they brought kim jong un on numerous trips to china and they show him factories and they tell him this is how you need to reform your economy. the north koreans have not listened. they constantly issue provocations. it's not good for business. and the business of china right now is business. host: taking your calls on foreign-policy issues. up first, grand junction, colorado, on the democratic line is cat. caller: thanks for taking my call. i am a fan of obama. nobody does anything exactly right. when you are fighting your own country as well as having to fight foreign wars, it gets to be pretty hard. i think he has handled it in a very courageous and very gentlemanly way. i have never seen a speech being given when he was on his way getting in office where they showed a picture of a man with a sign strapped around his waist [indiscernible] i don't think we would of seen that before any other president. host: how about north korea being a tree pena nation to deal with, on an international level? caller: i think obama is doing the best he can, considerin
president obama to call kim jong-un, the repressive dictator. officials in new orleans blaming a power failure for a loss of water pressure affecting treatment plants and opening the wave potentially for water contamination. >> the top dog sled race in the world, 1,000 mile journey through alaska wilderness, the dog sled race is getting underway in anchorage, alaska, today. >>gregg: new concerns for the future of the republican party as poll numbers show the majority of americans disagree with the direction they have set for the country. how do they town it around? we have john leboutillier, pat caddell and doug schoen. doug, you maintain that the president and democrats, i suppose, ate the g.o.p.'s lunch here and i have to admit, some of the poll numbers back you up. >> if you look at the range of issues we are facing, on issue after issue, the democrats have an overarching lead. >>gregg: democrats beat g.o.p. on these issues. >> look at middle class, health care, medicare, immigration, taxes, guns, across the board, and it is fair to say that the republican party has no narrative on
appears to grow more impatient with its neighbor. the new leader kim jong-un has been mostly confrontational with the u.s. except for the unusual meeting with former basketball star dennis rodman. the white house is urging north korean cooperation. >> we urged the north korean leadership to president obama's call to go with the path of peace and come into compliance with the its international obligations. north korea violated u.n. security council resolutions and throatened international peace and security. >> reporter: north korea would cancel the 1953 sees fire because it claims washington and others are resorting to aggressive acts, martha. martha: what is congress doing about this crackdown on north korea? what is their idea? >> reporter: the foreign affairs committees in the house and senate are looking for the latest plan of action pushing for tougher new restrictions on north korea and today the house foreign affairs committee is examining how criminal activities like snuggling, counterfeiting, drug trafficking and insurance scams are supporting the authoritarian north
the u.s. from kim jong-un and the north korean government. it's vowing to cancel the 1953 korean war cease-fire because of new sanctions being imposed by the u.s. and china on its nuclear program. the north also protesting joint military drills by the u.s. and south korea. >>> and this morning, the last eight cardinals a due to arrive at the vatican as preparations are being made for the conclave. the sistine chapel, closed to tourists. increasing speculation that the conclave could begin as early as monday. >>> a mysterious sighting near jfk airport is prompting a federal investigation. the pilot of an alitalia flight spotted a black drone from his cockpit window as he was preparing to land on monday. the jumbo jet did land safely. the faa and joint terrorism task force are trying to find out who was controlling the drone. >>> and wall street just broke an all-time record this morning. but there's new evidence that not everyone is sharing in the wealth. the homeless population is at the highest level since the depression in this country. on the average night in new york, more than 5
. >> when kim jong-un he was an unknown quantity. but with more aggressive weapons development from the north koreaian yeah over the last couple of years, the nuclear test, and certainly an escalation in the rhetoric, if not outright threats to attack the united states. what is the take on him now? is he attempting to bargain his way to the bargaining table to get aid and money? or is he a more serious threat than first imagined or a more serious threat than his father? >> as you note, there's a lot of unknowns here. but we have to take seriously every provocative word and action that this new young leader has taken so far since he has come to power. e have seen historical trajectory here on where north korea will go to get the attention of the united states, to try to maneuver us into some position favorable into to them whether it is more assistance or bilateral engagement. but the fact is, this is the wrong way to go. the action he's taken and the actions they have taken and the words he's used is not going to project a more responsible, accountable relationship. >> isn't it the
great kim jong un is. this is the same week where north korea is coming out again and talking about how hostile and horrible we are as a country. it's not just dennis rodman. eric schmidt the head of google was recently in north korea. what is going on here? >> the north corina villaraigosa reanswer are expert at using people like rodman, like the harlem globetrotters, like schmidt, the philharmonic to give the regime legitimacy. this has no effect on the starving people of north korea, it only benefits theee hraoerbgts it's an embarrassment a tragedy that people allow themselves to be played for tphaols by the regime. srad today mere lennon had a name for the people in the west that the communists would use to their srarpbgs lennon called them useful idis, and i think the name is accurate. jenna: ambassador we had an historic moment. this is the first maybe of many, i don't think so about dennis rodman's foreign policy. interesting all the same because the pieces do matter. >> i'd be happy to talk to him and try to convince him this was a big mistake on that part. jenna: let us know if
, craig. take care. >> here are today's political headlines. north korea's kim jong-un wants president barack obama to call him. in his first interview since coming back from north korea on that unprecedented visit, former nba star dennis rodman says that he bears a message from president obama from the country's impressive leader jim jong-un. >> i sat with him for two days, and one thing he asked me to give obama to something to say and do one thing. he wants obama to do one thing. call him. >> he wants a call from president obama. >> that's right, he told me that. >> no time to talk about that outfit. secretary of state john kerry has just wrapped up his trip to egypt. the secretary released about $200 million in u.s. aid to address what he calls egypt's extreme needs. kerry is headed to saudi arabia, his seventh stop on his nine-nation trip now. house speaker john boehner today telling david gregory on "meet the press" that he does not believe president obama ever had a plan to avert the sequester. >> if he had a plan, why wouldn't senate democrats go ahead and pass it? the house ha
our weirdest ambassador. >> kim jong-un is a famous chicago bulls fan. >> stephanie: dennis rodman not really a current -- chicago bull. >> but he was a chicago bull when the chicago bulls were world-class. >> bouncing off satellites and what not. >> stephanie: okay. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: barbara in d.c. welcome. >> caller: hi, stephanie. hi mooks. i'm calling because i had a comment about ann romney and how she's blaming the media for presenting the romneys as wealthy snobs. >> stephanie: right. how dare they. >> caller: she did that all by herself. she was on a morning show and the reporter was asking her about would the romneys release more than two years of tax returns. >> stephanie: when she said you people to robin roberts. >> caller: exactly. >> stephanie: that seemed unfortunate. an unfortunate scene from "the help." >> caller: that's exactly what she said and she sounded like a stuck up snob. >> here, have some pie! >> stephanie: we did. we baked them a magical electoral pie. [ ♪ magic wand ♪ ] >> eat my -- >> that was a line from the help. that was an os o car wi
jung unso he'll thing twice before another attack. >> in fact, north korea's leader kim jong-un recently threatened to wipe out south korean units on another border island. a defense official i spoke with said, look, they normally don't even talk about agreements like this. the fact that they are shoud be taken as a direct message to north korea. kate? >> sure hope it acts as a deterrent because you know that's what they're hoping for. chris lawrence, thanks so much. >>> now to the fight over gun control, which is raging here in washington, as well as outside the nation's capital. both sides are pulling out all the stops. on the one hand, a world-famous comedian and the world's richest mayor on the other, one of america's most powerful lobbies which is now being criticized for making its pitch even to residents of a town hit so hard by a recent school massacre. cnn's tom foreman has been look noog this. tom, it goes without saying that passions are so high on this issue, they have always been. but what is the latest? they are really going all-out here. >> they really are. what y
. more than just a pretty face. derek jeter wrote one of the best to ever play the game. kim jong-un wrote the asian jonah hill. when i heard that hugo chavez died i -- sean penn wrote sat down and cried. john mccain wrote thought good, venezuela is finally free. george w. bush wrote panicked then remembered that my barber's name is mario chavez. i maintain my good looks with sofia wrote diet and exercise. ryan gosling wrote nutrition and grooming, mickey rourke wrote sunburn and bar fights. >> i was doing a mini series on the bible, jane lynch wrote it's full of wonderful stories. bob saget wrote, i hope they're respectful to the jews. larry king wrote, who's playing me? >>> up next, one of the economies of china, brazil and mexico have in common. according to our next guest, they all have something to teach the united states. peter blair henry, the dean of nyu's business school joins us with his new book. revolutionizing an industry can be a tough act to follow, but at xerox we've embraced a new role. working behind the scenes to provide companies with services... like helping hr d
-- the reason i -- i think kim jong-uns of the world are dinosaurs. they're dying because these harsh dictatorships from orwell's 1984 are not delivering. the reason this is not a viable system is because 30% of the people are starving. so the more they can squeeze people in political ideology and the special space but they can't see that. same like that in iran. the roads are bad in iran. the country has a lot of oil and it into should be spread out but the roads are bad. so the common people have a little political space to build a movement about the tangible bread and butter issue. the whole arab spring was started bay vendor setting himself on fire because he couldn't sell food, and because his dignity was destroyed by being beaten bay fee money police ma'am, but the whole thing started as bread and butter issues. you mobilize people. but when you start bread and butter issue protest and the country have 25% of the people unemployed, then you can grow numbers tremendously fast, once you grow numbers you become a movement, and once you become a movement, you can try to change with
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